A home is not just about the bricks and mortar, but about the lifestyle and this includes the area surrounding your home. Great landscaping is the first thing that people see when they come to your home, whether that is for a friendly visit or in the hopes of purchasing it. If you intend to put your home up for sale in the near future, it is certainly wise to add value to it by sprucing up the landscaping.
However, having beautiful landscaping will add value to your home whether it is for sale or not. And it will also add value to your lifestyle, since you can get outside and enjoy the outdoors more when your landscaping is up to scratch. There are many design tips that will increase the value of your home and they are not all expensive or difficult to accomplish. Here are just some of them.
- Extend or create a paved area out from the back entrance that can be used for entertaining or just enjoying some down time. Nice pot-plants can add interest and a touch of greenery, or you could cover it with an awning or clear Perspex for shelter.
- Need some privacy or shade? Make a screen with living plants such as bamboo that grows really quickly. But make sure you choose a clumping bamboo variety such as Bambusa textilis ‘Gracilis’, otherwise known as slender weavers bamboo. It is drought hardy, though it does need water in the hot weather to look its best. It actually grows to 6 metres, so make sure that height is what you need.
- Add some outdoor furniture – white is good for shady or low light areas as it stands out and lightens the space up a bit. You can sit and enjoy your coffee there, or have an alfresco meal in the cool of the evening.
- Add a flagstone footpath to lead you through your gardens. Not only will it save the lawn and gardens from footprints in wet weather, but it will add visual interest.
- Choose an attractive edging for the garden areas. Defining them with stone or timber edging makes a frame for the plants rather like a photo frame for a picture. You will find that the area is enhanced greatly with beautiful stonework. It also helps to keep grass runners and wandering children out of the garden.
- Add a gazebo. If you have a large enough backyard, a gazebo can give you a lovely place to relax that is sheltered from the hot sun. If you are having a new landscape design plan drawn for you, adding some flowers in pots and comfortable chairs or recliners will ensure that the gazebo does actually get used.
- For people with really tiny backyards, growing some vertical greenery is an excellent option. This can be in the form of a vine to climb up a wall or fence, or adding hanging planters of various sizes to a strong fence or wall. There are many plants that look lovely with their long tendrils hanging down over the wall. This can also help to hide a fence that you may consider ugly.
- Consider planting some Australian natives to attract bird life to your outdoor space. There are many natives that are suitable to grow around the Sydney area.
- Add a birdbath for the birds you attract to your garden. However, if you have a cat that likes hunting, maybe getting a collar with a bell on it will save the birds from a nasty end.
- Simply add coloured or white pebbles to your garden areas. This will give visual interest while suppressing week growth. Pebbles also allow water to seep into the soil below.